Inclusive Communities

Housing is fundamental to achieving economic stability, better health outcomes, and thriving families and communities.

But systemic racism in the policies and laws that drive housing development and community investment result in skyrocketing rents, substandard living conditions, and continuing segregation of Black and Brown communities. We advocate at the local, state, and national levels to address the crisis in affordable housing in America, to enforce equal opportunity for housing, and to fight for tenants’ rights to healthy homes and neighborhoods.

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Our Insights

The United States is facing a lead crisis on a national scale — and it’s harming low-income children of color the most.

While natural disasters do not discriminate, their long-term impact disproportionately falls on low-income communities of color.

Where the City of Chicago invests resources matters.

Our Impact

A proposed rule would upend the longstanding legal standard of disparate impact.

Complaint seeks new housing and zoning laws in Chicago to ensure the creation of affordable housing across all neighborhoods, not just some.


Jul 2018

The policy of aldermanic prerogative has hindered development of affordable housing and racial integration in the City of Chicago

Attorneys and Specialists

Kate Walz
Kate Walz
Kate Walz
Vice President of Advocacy, Senior Director of Litigation, & Director of Housing Justice


Marie Claire Tran-Leung
Marie Claire Tran-Leung
Marie Claire Tran-Leung
Senior Attorney


Emily Coffey
Emily Coffey
Emily Coffey
Staff Attorney, Housing Justice, Goldberg Kohn Foundation/Fred Cohen Fellow


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